Superintendent Asks for Empathy As Virtual Learning Begins in Howard County

Today marks the end of the first week of virtual learning for thousands of students in Howard County. Superintendent Michael Martirano asks the community to have empathy for each other as they continue to navigate the relatively new way of learning. From WBAL News Radio: "The superintendent of Howard County Schools is asking that everyone in the community have empathy for the teachers, students and families as virtual learning begins again. Martirano says if a…

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U.S. Senate Kills “Skinny” COVID-19 Relief Package, Path Forward Remains Unclear

The United States Senate failed Thursday to advance a targeted COVID-19 relief package, dampening the prospects that Congress will pass another round of much-needed financial relief to mitigate the economic and health care crises. The legislation, Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act, would have provided $500 billion in federal spending and loans, but also contained offsets in the form of rescissions of hundreds of billions in unspent funding authorized under…

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Worcester Awarding COVID-19 Relief Grants to Small Businesses

Worcester County Economic Development is encouraging small businesses and farmers to apply for the next round of their Workforce Back to Business COVID-19 Assistance Grant Program. Worcester County awarded over $1 million in the first round of grants, and is accepting applications for round two until September 18. Farmers and small businesses including sole proprietors with no employees are eligible for the grants that will be awarded in $2,500 increments. Funding for the grants comes…

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Maryland Secures 250,000 Rapid Coronavirus Tests

Maryland is the first of nine states to receive the advanced rapid antigen coronavirus tests which can generate results in 15-20 minutes.  The tests are part of an interstate testing compact deal and are being funded in part by the Rockefeller Foundation. They will be distributed to critical facilities such as nursing homes, correctional facilities, and schools. WBAL reports: The tests, which can return a result in 15 to 20 minutes, will be distributed first…

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Attorney General Frosh Joins Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against USPS Disruptions

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, together with a coalition of other states, filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to immediately halt the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) operational changes that have led to cratering postal performance. The changes also threaten the ability of the USPS to properly handle the November presidential election, which is expected to have a record number of mail-in ballots due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “For weeks, we have heard from…

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Howard Grants Nearly $750k to Live Venues and the Arts Community

Today, County Executive Calvin Ball announced nearly $750,000 in grants for Howard County live venues and arts community that have been impacted by the pandemic. Artists, concert venues, and non-profit arts organizations have lost revenue as many performances, classes, and commissions have been put on hold due to the pandemic.  In response, Howard County has organized HoCo RISE Live Theatre and Artist Relief Funds to support local establishments like Merriweather Post Pavilion, as well as…

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State Revenues Exceed Expectations, But Economic Uncertainty Looms

General Fund revenues in fiscal 2020 totaled $18.634 billion, an increase of 2.4% ($435.1 million) over FY 2019, and 0.5% ($102.2 million) below the March estimate. Personal and corporate income tax revenue exceeded expectations, while sales and use tax revenue came in lower than expected. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that as the State closes out fiscal 2020, General Fund revenues totaled $18.634 billion, an increase of 2.4% ($435.1 million) over FY 2019, and…

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Get Your Ballot by Mail (Not Email) to Save Time and Money

The Maryland State Board of Elections is reminding Marylanders that receiving their 2020 ballot via first-class U.S. mail is free, convenient, and will save time and money for local boards of elections, whose operations are supported by county funding. In order to protect the health and safety of voters and poll workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Marylanders are encouraged to vote by mail and must request a mail-in ballot from the State Board of Elections…

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